One Expedition, Limitless Adventure

7th – 8th Grade Expedition Multi-Sport Camp

Designed for 7th – 8th graders of all experience and ability levels, our expedition camp combines a weeklong trek through the stunning mountains and trails of Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming with a range of exciting adventure sports like hiking, biking, climbing and paddling. The result is a confidence-building, life-changing experience that gives campers the skills and independence they need for a lifetime of adventuring in the wild.

Their journey begins at our Windy Peak base camp, where campers spend a day gearing up, building camaraderie with their fellow travelers as they learn what they need to know about packing, planning and navigating their expedition. They’ll also prepare and pack their sports equipment, making sure bikes, paddles, harnesses and more are ready for adventure along the way.

The expedition that follows is five days of hiking, camping in a tent and adventure—scaling a spectacular crag in Vedauwoo, biking and bouldering in Curt Gowdy State Park, paddling through a mountain lake, trying their hands at archery and fishing—that build technical skill and foster a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. By the time campers return to Windy Peak for our closing ceremony, they’re energized by all they’ve accomplished and ready for their next adventure.

CAMP DETAILS

GRADES

Entering 7th - 8th

Hours

One-week session, Sunday - Saturday. Pick-up/drop-off times will be posted in the spring in the Pre-Camp guide.

Dates

JUNE: 17-23, 24-30
JULY: 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28

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Price/Week July 4th Week
Camp Price $1,245 $1,145
OPTIONAL:    
Backpack/Sleeping bag & pad rental $20/$20  
Camp shuttle to-from Denver International Airport $40 one-way
$80 round-trip
 

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The Week's Adventures


Environmental Awareness


Gear Management


Backcountry Cooking


Expedition Skills


Adventure Sports

Throughout their expedition, campers will learn to understand and appreciate their outdoor environment, brushing up on first aid fundamentals, learning to read the weather and using maps, compasses and GPS to plot their route. They’ll also internalize the principles of Leave No Trace, learning how to responsibly pick a campsite, bury their waste and leave every rock, trail and body of water they explore the same as they found it.

Campers will get familiar with the equipment they need for backpacking—from compact cooking, cleaning and sleeping gear to camping basics like bear canisters and water treatment systems—learning how to set it all up, break it all down and pack it efficiently. They’ll also become experts in adventure gear, maintaining the equipment they need for their rides, climbs and other activities practicing using it safely.

Camping in the woods means eating in the woods, and we make sure campers learn everything that entails, from menu planning to food storage to safely filling and lighting a camp stove and finally, to cooking and enjoying meals outdoors.

As they explore and adventure, campers will practice important interpersonal skills like communication, problem solving and teamwork. They’ll gain experience leading as they guide the rest of their group on a hike, and spend some time alone reflecting during an independent exploration in the woods. Coupled with their other adventures, these experiences push their limits, build their confidence and give them a sense of independence that lasts well beyond the camp session.

Campers will spend their weeklong expedition traveling to stunning, authentic settings, learning the basics of rock climbing on real rocks in Vedauwoo, mountain biking on real mountain trails and paddling through real reservoirs at Curt Gowdy State Park—plus opportunities to boulder, fish and practice archery. They’ll come away with solid skills, newfound confidence and a deep appreciation for the natural world and the many adventures it offers.

Meet Your Camp Director

Heather Cardneau

Heather Cardneau

Growing up at summer camp transformed my life.  I have a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management from Northern Michigan University, and I have worked for the past four years as the Director of SpringHill’s Overnight Camp Teen Program. My desire is to provide quality outdoor experiences that will transform campers’ lives. I believe that the outdoors provides an excellent platform for learning, growing, and seeing what you are made of. Outdoor adventure is much more than the trails, rocks, or water.  When you unplug from the barrage of media constantly telling you who to be, and you begin to master skills that the outdoors can teach, I believe you’ll become stronger, more confident, and embrace your true self. Camp provides an escape and a chance to slow down and reflect on who you want to become.  In my past 10 years of working with teenagers, I have discovered that everyone deeply desires to be known, know others, and a place to belong.  Colorado Mountain Camp can be that place. Can’t wait to see you there!

CMC PRE-CAMP GUIDE

Already registered? All the information you need about your overnight camp adventure – where to go, what to bring, camp photo links – is waiting for you in our Pre-Camp Guide.

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WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

While no outdoor adventure is totally risk-free, we work hard to keep your kids safe. Every activity starts with a discussion about the risks involved -- what they are, how to prevent them, how to respond if something goes wrong -- so kids learn how to approach challenges with intelligence and skill.

OUR APPROACH TO SAFETY